Where to camp: From Portland to Seattle

Where to camp: From Portland to Seattle

A friend is planning a family trip this summer where they will fly into Portland and leave from Seattle. They want to see most of the (gorgeous!) national parks and asked for camping recommendations. Here’s what I suggest for camping in the American Pacific Northwest, especially if access to cell service is a must for your trip.

This route includes ferries and travels through the heart of Seattle. If you’re driving a big rig, make sure your camper is within the limits! (Of course, if you’re driving a huge RV you already know that!)


We camped as near to the city as we could afford because the boys went to summer camp for the week at Trackers (amazing!). If you want to stay in the city, this place was fine – gravel parking lot but on a river and near a community park. 

Clackamette RV Park – 1955 Clackamette Dr, Oregon City, OR 97045, USA

Winlock, WA

For convenience to both, we stayed in between Mt St Helens and Mt Rainer. The campground is in an old growth rainforest and also and hour or so from lava tubes. 

Lewis and Clark State Park, Winlock, WA\

Forks, WA

We stayed on a first come, first serve campground on the beach. Amazing. Watched whales blow water out our windshield. We had to spend a night in an overflow place that the camp host directed us to because the campground was full, but then the rest of the week was great. This is where we stayed to access Hoh Rainforest and the beaches of Olympic National Park. No water access at this park and only open May-Sept!

South Beach Campground (south of Forks, WA)

Anacortes, WA / access to San Juan Islands

This campground was awesome and close access to ferry to Friday Harbor and other San Juan Islands.

Washington Park – Anacortes, WA 98221, USA

Bainbridge Island, WA

We stayed at a local campground and then drove to take the ferry to Victoria and to Seattle. The campground is simple and beautiful, right on the sound. You can see the city and Mt Rainier on a clear day. They also have cabins if you don’t rent a camper.

Fay Bainbridge Park – 15446 Sunrise Dr NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, USA

Have you camped up the Pacific coast or between Portland and Seattle? Stay tuned for my list of must-sees along the route!

xo, Mandy

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